Band Letterman Jackets and Spirit Wear

Letterman Jackets and Band Spirit Wear can be ordered now!

Due to timing constraints, there will only be one fitting date for the Letterman Jackets. The fitting will be Thursday, September 23rd  immediately following practice. We will try to have the fittings in the band room but might need to be flexible. Please wear a mask during the fitting.


Please bring your completed letterman jacket order form and / or your completed Spirit Wear order form with the full payment amount for the jackets and / or spirit wear. The checks should be made to OCHS Band Boosters.  

If you are not sure of jacket sizing, leave this field blank and we will complete the size at the fitting. Should you need to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding the merchandise, please contact Erika Watt kybound2010@yahoo.com with BAND INFO in the Subject Line or Text/Call 502-294-5624. 

This is an elective purchase and isn’t required. A portion of the proceeds for these sales will be donated back to the band.

Links are also below.

Click here to access the Letterman Jacket Order Form

Click here to access the Spirit Wear Order Form

Band Trip SY 2021-2022

Hello Band Families!

As we begin to work towards our band trip in the Spring, there will be times that trip related emails are sent on their own.   This is one of those messages!

Below is a link to the documents handed out during the Band Trip Meeting on Monday along with an additional sheet that has information for Parents/Families that want to book the trip without the Bus Transportation ($400 less).  Video recordings of the meeting are also included but will only be available until Aug 13th.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P1zrDn5CfdMqCWDbwM-CULsl2Ufp92sw?usp=sharing

For those that want to book the package without Transportation, you will need to arrange your own transportation while in Orlando.  We will be staying at the Springhill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village.  It looks like they may have their own transportation to the Disney parks but not to Universal.

We also have created a signup genius for those who want to attend as chaperones as a way to 1) make sure we have the required number of chaperones for the trip and 2) to allow those wanting to be chaperones to coordinate room assignments with each other.  Please fill this out if you are planning to attend as a chaperone.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0448AAA628A3FB6-2022

OCHS Summer Packet

All information for current and incoming band members and forms to be completed for the 2021-2022 school year are located below. 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All students are required to complete and have NOTARIZED the medical release/field trip permission form (PDF type in below)
  • All students/parents are expected to SIGN and turn in the final page of the Social Media Guidelines.
  • All forms are due no later than July 10th; earlier is ok!
  • Forms can be turned in at rehearsal.

Summer Packet (links will be added as available):

International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop

OCHS Trombone Players,
 
The International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop for trombonists ages 12-18 will take place virtually Wednesday, July 14th – Saturday, July 17th, 2021.  We have had students participate in this workshop in past years all of which had an excellent experience.  We are passing along the information if anyone is interested in attending this year’s workshop.
 
Registration will open Monday, March 15th on the International Trombone Festival Website for early-bird discounts and some give-aways on Facebook and Instagram.
 
The 2021 International Trombone Festival Youth Workshop (YW) will be an engaging, interactive, and social event held completely online this year. But don’t worry: this is not going to be staring at a Zoom session for hours and hours on end! This year’s online edition of the YW will feature lots of chances for social interaction using our new online platform Whova: chats, social “hang-out rooms,” and other ways to connect with fellow young trombonists will abound. And our all-star lineup of faculty, clinicians, and ITF Artists have designed presentations and clinics that will give you lots of chances to play trombone, grow, interact, and learn.
 
Among many exciting YW-exclusive events, this year’s YW has clinics from Joe Alessi (principal trombone of the NY Philharmonic and professor at Juilliard) and Jennifer Wharton (leader of the jazz trombone ensemble Bonegasm, and top-call player for Broadway in New York City). And, YW participants get twice-daily playing sessions led by our expert faculty who are each well-versed in all things trombone and all things online: Martin McCain (Texas State University professor), Nikki Abissi (New York freelancer and educator), Sean Reusch (San Diego-based educator and performer and operator of www.trombone101.com), and Nick Finzer (University of North Texas jazz professor, and operator of the Nick Finzer Virtual Studio). And all YW participants will have the option to add on a participation in a mass trombone video produced by the one and only Christopher Bill. Will your video go viral? Well, the 2019 ITF YW video has 8 MILLION VIEWS and counting!
 
And of course, what is a Trombone Festival without performances? In addition to the exclusive educational content above, YW participants also have access to our full lineup of world-class trombone artists, all of whom will be performing live from Columbus, Georgia. All events will be live-streamed and/or archived on our online platform, and will feature crystal clear audio and video for as real an experience as you can get while still being at home. Performers range from international soloists, salsa all-stars, jazz masters, and top-flight orchestral trombone sections.
 
If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any info about registration, guest artists, and other news, sign up to the mailing list by clicking here.

Important KMEA Audition Clarifications – Trumpet and Clarinet

From John Stroube, Executive Director, KMEA:

Regarding the Arban’s etude for trumpet, there are differing opinions about interpreting the turn in m. 39. Because we are far enough down the road, and different teachers are already committed to one or the other, either FGbFEF or FEFGbF will be counted as correct, and the execution will be judged for fluidity and accuracy.

Click here to see this and other corrections in red on the list.

SightReading Factory Information

Each student receives a subscription to SightReading Factory for the school year; this is used as a practice and evaluation tool whether we are in-person or virtual. It can be used on Chromebook, laptop, desktop or devices (free download app).   Click here to see the instructions for creating/activating or extending current (upperclassmen) accounts.  This has also been posted in the Google Classroom “to do” list for each class.   We will begin using this tool after we return from the fall break week; until then, students are encouraged to “play” with the program–it really is a fun and challenging practice tool that can significantly improve anyone’s ability to read and perform music at sight.  

Bradford D. Rogers

Oldham County High School Band

1150 N. Hwy. 393

LaGrange, KY 40031

(note address change)

Guidelines for the GSA 2021 Application Now Available

Interested in applying to GSA 2021, or are you a mentor/educator to a young artist? GSA has released Applicant Guides for the 2021 summer program – meaning students can start preparing their application materials today! 

Applicant Guides include the following information for each artform:

  • Overview of coursework at the summer program
  • What each applicant must prepare and submit in the application
  • The criteria used in scoring applications
  • Tips on how applicants can put their best foot forward

While the application won’t be available until November 4th, Applicant Guides enable students to start assembling their materials now. View Applicant Guides here on GSA’s website.

How to Measure for Concert Wear and Dinkles (Band Shoes)

Marching and Concert Shoes (“DINKLES”)
DON’T FORGET – All freshmen, students new to OCHS band, and any students who have outgrown their
Dinkles shoes from last year will need to bring $31 cash or check payable to "RRR Band Accessories” by Thursday (July 30th) of Band Camp. Students will need to provide their current shoe size (wide width included) or will be provided a disposable template to estimate a best “fit” as they are checking in. If a freshman is wearing a sibling's shoes from a previous year, please notify Charlie Christensen at rchrstnsn@icloud.com.  If your student DOES NOT USE their shoes during the year and needs a larger size next year, exchanges for a new shoe size will be accepted. Shoes that have been used or returned in any condition unlike that received will NOT be accepted for exchange. If payment for shoes is not received by Thursday of band camp week, an extra $15 fee will be automatically applied.
 
Marching Uniforms and concert Attire
We are asking parents to do something we’ve never asked of you before. Due to social distancing
limitations, we are unable to physically measure your student during band camp week as has historically
been done. We are asking for your help and best effort to provide us with as accurate (as possible)
measurements so that we can fit your student with a band uniform – marching and concert. We will needup-to-date measurement for ALL STUDENTS to insure they have the appropriate sizing. Directions for how to obtain these measurements are included in e-mail attachments. Measurements for women and men are DIFFERENT, so please use the proper form. Please send a scanned copy of the completed form or directly e-mail all measurements for your student to Charlie Christensen at rchrstnsn@icloud.com by Friday, August 14th . Pricing for concert attire (full length gowns for women, tuxedo shirts for men) will be sent at a later date.

Click here for Women’s Uniform Measurements Form 

Click here for Men’s Uniform Measurements Form

Click here to watch a video on how to measure for uniforms

If you have any trouble with the two form links above, use the below.

WOMEN’S UNIFORM MEASUREMENTS

MEN’S UNIFORM MEASUREMENTS

Marching Band Sheet Music and Song Links

Band Members,

Below is the link to instrument parts for Marching Band 2020. To access, clieck the link and open the folder for each tune, open the PDF, scroll to the page for the part you want, and print the page for your practice/use.

View Music Sheet Files

Also, below is the link to recordings of tunes Marching Band 2020. To access, open the folder and click to open the recording. Some “familiar” stand tunes don’t have a recording, but you won’t really need them. Some are in different (.mov) format, some .aif, most are in mp3.

View Audio Files

Hopefully we’ll get to use these soon! Mr. Rogers will post the parade tune once he learns it will actually happen.